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Commission deals with sawmill permits, tower


Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

Mike Tuohyís first act as newly elected chairman of the Fillmore County Planning Commission was to implement a sign up system for the public to give input at public hearings.

"We need to register the speakers and make sure all have the opportunity to speak," Tuohy said. "But at the same time, we need to keep the nonsense down. We are here to solve the countyís problems. And thatís the only reason we are here." With that in mind, Tuohy opened the meeting to the first of four public hearings for conditional use permits (CUP).

Dairyland Power of LaCrosse was before the commission requesting a permit to replace their existing 105 foot communication tower in Harmony with a new160 foot tower. Bob Slaback of Dairyland said that the tower will be used to maintain radio contact between Dairyland vehicles and the home base in LaCrosse. He said that it would also be used for communication with Dairyland coop partners, such as Tri-County Electric.

Dr. Frank Sattler of Harmony, whose home is adjacent to the tower, asked if the tower would use any lumination lights. Slaback said that no lights would be used on the tower as the Federal Aviation Agency does not require lights on towers less than 200 feet high. The commission recommended sending the CUP on to the county board for approval.

The commission recommended approval for a CUP for an existing sawmill for Yost Hershberger in Section 17 of Preble Township. The site is 1/2 mile off the public road. They also recommended that the county board approve a permit for Abe Swartzentruber to start a sawmill in Section 14 of Canton Township. The sawmill would be located 200 feet off of the public road.

Andy Bahl of Root River Hardwoods was before the commission requesting a permit for their sawmill outside of Preston. Bahl said that the business has been operating at that location for 50 years. He said that they plan on creating a blacktop area on their property so that trucks will not be loading on the county road. The company will continue to stockpile slabs, which are sold for fire wood.

The commission sent the permit on to the county board with one condition: Root River Hardwoods continue to work with the county to get loading of trucks off the county road.

With all new business taken care of, the commission turned its attention to a number of zoning issues that the group has been studying as of late.

ē Subdivisions. The comm .....
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Benson denies MPCA request

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, February 5, 2001

On Thursday, February 1, Fillmore County District Judge Robert Benson denied a request from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to reconsider his decision of December 2 ..... 
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The war against grime

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

I had a feeling that there was something in the wind. There seemed to be an unnatural quiet and I had a premonition that something dreadful was going to happen. It was as though there was a dense fog bank and I knew so ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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A tribute

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Two writing classes have been major influences on me. One is an Advanced Placement English class. The teacher of this class has done many things to improve my writing. The other was a class on grammar. I signed up late ..... 
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Winter Birds

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

January 1, 2001: We hear birds singing and see activity in fir trees as we drive slowly past a farm bordering the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Dana Gardner and I are participating in the Whitewater Christ ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Iím a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like itís going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Cast Iron Epidemic

Fri, Feb 2nd, 2001
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Monday, January 29, 2001

I decided that it was time to change oil in both of our vehicles last Sunday. I drafted our sixteen-year-old son, Matt, to help. I thought it was a good opportunity for Matt to profit from some of my long experience an ..... 
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